Conservation and Biodiversity

Breeding programmes

As a ZAA welfare accredited member we participate in coordinated managed animal programmes for many of the species we hold at Brooklands Zoo. Records are kept on each individual animal and their family history to maintain healthy gene pools and avoid potential in-breeding issues.  Any offspring produced are also taken into consideration in advance so involved ZAA facilities have time to plan for the acquisition of or the transfer out to other facilities.

We are actively involved in on-site breeding programmes with our cotton-top tamarins and capuchin monkeys.  Some of the programmes involve holding single-sex groups of species that may be required to participate in future transfers to aide breeding recommendations such as our Bolivian squirrel monkeys.

Wildlife rescue and rehabilitation

We have a Wildlife Act Authority permit through the Department of Conservation (DOC) to assist with rehabilitating injured or orphaned native birds brought to us directly from either DOC staff or our veterinarians from the New Plymouth Vet Group. This permit is only for native and protected NZ bird species such as kereru, tui and morepork and protected reptiles, and is for non-display purposes to allow the injured bird time to recover out of the public eye prior to being released back in the wild. 

What you can do to help

One quarter of all the world's known species of wildlife are currently threatened with extinction in the wild.  Zoos and aquariums are playing an important role in protecting our wildlife for the future. We're proud to promote cotton-top tamarins through Proyecto Titi. Proyecto Titi is a conservation programme that combines field research, education initiatives and community programs to make the conservation of natural resources economically feasible for local communities in Colombia. Their website is full of great information as well as some fun activities - like learning how to speak monkey!

Simple, everyday actions can also make a big difference. Download the free Biodiversity is Us app and make a positive impact! It is a really cool, fun and interactive app with heaps of information on animals as well as video's and games for all ages. Why not try it out, the kids will love it!

We are always looking for new ways to enrich the lives of the animals at the zoo.  If you would like to donate any of the following items, please contact us.

  • Blankets, towels or sheets (in good condition).
  • Burlap material or sacks.
  • Large cardboard tubes or boxes (staple free).
  • Parrot, dog or cat toys.
  • Plastic buckets.
  • Plastic sandpits.
  • Baby or toddler toys (in good condition).
  • Aquariums.
  • Untreated wood (for making enrichment items/toys for the animals).
  • Natural rope of varying sizes and lengths e.g.sisal rope.